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Frickin' Kilby *seriously* jacked their prices up

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by goldwing2000, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. goldwing2000

    goldwing2000 Guest

    The bracket they sell to replace the Harrison compressor with a York (serpentine system) used to be like $50...
    ... now it's $160!! :yikes:

    I called them to see if it was a web typo or something and the guy just said, "Now it comes with a belt."

    I asked him if a belt is really worth $100.

    "Well... we had a price increase, too."

    No sh!t, Sherlock. I noticed.

    And of course, this is after I just bought the whole damn serpentine system.

    So... anybody have a used Kilby KE-4000 bracket they want to sell me? :mad:
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    thats BULLSH!T :angry1: :angry1: :angry1:
     
  3. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    To be fair, what's the bracket made out of, how long ago did they purchase the material they made the piece out of, and how long has it been since they had a price change?
     
  4. BlazaBlazeII

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    Wow, that sucks! I was hoping you would get all of that working, then I could follow your lead. Good thing I gave you a good deal on the Serp setup....
     
  5. goldwing2000

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    It's made of steel. One flat plate with a 90° bend in it, three pieces of tube and one small piece of flat stock.

    Here's a pic: http://www.kilbyenterprises.com/images/kits/ke-4000/ke4000.jpg

    I know for a fact that steel prices have not gone up 250% in the past few months (discounting for the belt). :rolleyes:

    BlazaBlaze: I'm still going with onboard air but I'll reverse-engineer their bracket and make it myself before I'll pay $130 for a hunk of bent and welded steel.
     
  6. muddermilitia

    muddermilitia ThatTrazerGuy GMOTM Winner

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    Damn that sucks, I was going to buy a york at the local junkyard next week
     
  7. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    Muddytazz will make you one for what ever application you want or need. And his is way less than what Kilby wants.

    Ira
     
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    Send the pic & measurements to our fabbing vendors and see what they can do:D
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I made my own bracket but I am still stuck in the V-belt era. I would think that bracket is easier than what I had to deal with.... ??
     
  12. goldwing2000

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    I actually mentioned that to phone guy. He said the web site hadn't been updated with the new "belt included" info.

    Hmmm... they can update the price but the not the description? :thinking:

    He only makes v-belt brackets, as far as I know. I'll ask him, though.

    Well, hell... if I'm going to go through the trouble of making measurements and designing it, I'll just build the silly thing myself.

    Hey! Maybe I can make them and sell them and I'll be the newest CK5 vendor! :D
     
  13. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    My York is V-belt, my truck serp - that's what the doubler pulley is for. The bracket is simple to make.
     
  14. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    It's simple to make, it's the engineering in it, the dimesions, setup and measurments, that cost money.
    Anything's simple to copy.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Mine is nothing like theirs. Mine was designed in my carport in 30 minutes.
     
  16. BizeeB65

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    Well, my truck and my york are V belt.. No complaints here. Made my bracket out of 3/16"... Seems to do well.
     
  17. goldwing2000

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    I have a picture and I know the mounting bolt dimensions for both compressors, so I should be able to fab something up pretty easily. Like I said before, it's just a simple bent plate with some tubes welded to it. It won't be that difficult (and it didn't take that much R&D for them).

    For $50, I'll be lazy and buy one.
    For $150, they can kiss my ass and I'll build my own.
     

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